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As a blogger and someone who uses social media as a platform to advertise myself, strategic sharing -when on the internet- is very important to me. Although my social media accounts double as business and entertainment, I still find it incredibly important to maintain an image on my social media. I promote my blog via social media, and having information on there that is degrading to my character would be counter productive.

Strategic Sharing taught me that I also need to protect my audience- I have to be careful what information I subject my blog readers to as well. My blog focuses on my experiences with abuse and my experiences in foster care. The time periods I write about are filled with potentially inappropriate material, and I constantly feel like i'm toeing the line of "red light" information.

That is a normal notion in advocacy work. You want to share enough insight to paint a realistic picture, but there are certain things you need to be conscious of before doing so. For instance, I don't use the real names of people I speak about in my posts unless I have asked them permission. When I speak about abuse, I will only put as much info in the interviewees as the person has agreed to. Making my stories realistic and accurate is very important, but protecting myself, my contributors, and victims of abuse is more important.

Note: My blog is essentially my life story in chronological order. To avoid confusion, start from the first post. 

Thank you,


Aug 1, 2016 By RoyceMarkley22


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rodgerschrista said:

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us (the fostering community).